Tuesday, February 28, 2006

7 Steps to a Better Artist Statement

7 Steps to a Better Artist Statement

Who actually reads artist statements? Art students (first year), middle aged housewives taking Art Appreciation classes, and your parents. In other words, no-one who counts. So, relax.

It's funny and short, so I didn't want to sample any more of it here.

Via No Media Kings

TechEBlog � Top 10 Strangest iPod Accessories

TechEBlog � Top 10 Strangest iPod Accessories
I got an iPod for my birthday! Thanks honey! I don't think I'll get the iLounge Toilet Paper Dispenser

or iBuzz


Monday, February 27, 2006

Endymion, Bacchus Draw Huge Crowds - Yahoo! News

Endymion, Bacchus Draw Huge Crowds - Yahoo! News
maybe record breaking?

Found KOC in Spanish Town

Gotta love flickr, looked up spanishtown as a tag and found our beloved Krewe of Clay. We totally missed you guys.

BTW, there are 4 more pics of the float in the set.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Cocktail of the Week - Mardi Gras Edition

Mardi Gras Cocktail #1

I've featured several New Orleans drinks in this space over the past year. I've never had a cocktail named Mardi Gras, but I've found 2 that might be pretty good and one more called the Mardi Gras Flasher. Here's the first:

3 oz Lemon Vodka
Lemon or Lime Twist

Coat a cocktail glass with Chambord (dump any extra), shake the lemon vodka with ice until chilled and pour. Garnish with a twist.

Mardi Gras #2

.25 oz Southern Comfort
1.5oz Light Rum
.25oz Creme de Bananes
.5oz Lime Juice

Shake ingredients with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime.

Mardi Gras Flasher
2oz Dark Rum
1 tsp Grenadine
Ginger Ale

Fill highball glass with ice, fill with Rum and Grenadine, top with Ginger Ale.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

Experiment 33.1

Hello everyone, today Experiment 33 has it's first anniversary. Doesn't make any sense to change to Experiment 34, so we'll go software style and call it Experiment 33.1 not that there are any changes (yet). It has been one hell of a memorable year. Here are a few memories from this blog:

Something New: Introductory post, "Why should you care? I don't know. That's part of the experiment, figuring out if anyone will find this, and if anyone will care. The other part is to see if I can really find something interesting every day that doesn't come from my usual sources." Well, tracking software has shown that I've had visitors from around the world with a regular visitor from Italy and Sweden. I've had a post linked from We Make Money Not Art and something I didn't post, but submitted to boingboing got a lot of traffic coming this way. So some have found this. As far as anyone caring, at least a few asked when I'd start up again during my hiatus. As for, finding something interesting to post from outside the usual sources, I did keep it up all year minus the moving hiatus and anytime I posted something from one of my no no list, I also posted something else. So, I feel it's been a success.

Stanford Prison Experiment: First real post

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Third post. I promise not to repost everything in one long post really. This one is interesting because I still get traffic from people searching for the Ping Island Lightning Strike song. The link to the song still works. Unfortunately the ringtone is no longer available.

Manhattan Cocktail: First Friday Cocktail

Call Now! Citizens Against Killer Robots: First of several posts about culture jamming and graffiti

Eurobad '74: It's still there

transmissionII:airborne: Indirectly inspiring of the Solid Ground Overhead video project that we will be finishing after Mardi Gras.

Art of Science Competition/Gallery: "The quintessential Experiment 33 blog post." I stand by that statement.

Kinky shopper KOed by vibrating knickers | The Register: I loved this post

ScrapHouse: Several posts about energy, housing, and design throughout the year and this one stands out to me.

Threadbared: Perfect reason for a retrospective. I forgot about this link. Now it's bookmarked/rssed again.

Baton Rouge Art Car Parade is Coming: Well, Katrina and Rita had something to say about that, but it's been rescheduled for April 1.

Hipster Zombies vs Nights of the Nerd Table: Ha Ha Ha

bigeasyrollergirls-dot-muthafuckin-com: This post almost led to the establishment of a Baton Rouge Rollergirls. A quick check on the rollergirls website shows practices are scheduled and they've received support from Rollergirls from around the country. I wear my NO Rollergirls t-shirt with pride to the beach.

BILLYHARVEY.COM: Probably the neatest website I saw all year in terms of design and interaction. I bought the cd based on the website and enjoyed it.

MyOpenBar: When I first posted this it was a listing of open bars in NYC only, but they had plans for LA, Chicago, and Miami. They've added LA so far, so maybe I'll get to use this eventually.

And then there were the Katrina Posts: If you're interested just go to the August and September Archives.

Greetings from New Orleans: An Experiment in Found Art: The weird coincidence of my grad school advisor's son taking my picture at Mardi Gras and making it part of his art project. I have never met my advisor's son.

Friday Cocktail - Back
with a Bang: Didn't feel right posting cocktails during Katrina, but then I found TikiBarTV. Just checked and they have new vids up.

The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records: The post that sent tons of traffic this way via We Make Money not Art

Cocktail of the Week: Amore Dolce: One of the best Cocktails of the Week that I had never tried before, but tested after posting. I did edit the recipe to 1 shot campari, 2 shots raspberry vodka, 1 lime, sugar (optional) and soda. Use a highball glass, muddle the lime with or without sugar, mix campari and vodka, top with crushed ice in highball glass, top with soda (or tonic, or sprite, or ginger ale).

Weight Watchers recipe cards, circa 1974: Shiver

This is where the blogging got sporadic and the hiatus for travel, selling the house, and moving happened. All of January's posts were move related.

And you can see all the current posts still. I expect there will be more youtube in the future since we didn't get DirecTV hooked up here in South Florida. I'd like to do a redesign soon, but no promises. I've decided not to care about reposting from my main sources, but I promise not to get lazy. Also, I don't promise a post a day at work anymore, but things are still slow as I start the new job.

Thanks for checking in, and of course...


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I/O Brush from MIT Media Lab

Bikers roll to military funerals to oppose anti-gay protests

CNN.com - Bikers roll to military funerals to oppose anti-gay protests - Feb 21, 2006
This is just so wrong and bizarre. Some wack job reverend "believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that he says harbors homosexuals. His protesters carry signs thanking God for so-called IEDs -- explosives that are a major killer of soldiers in Iraq." So a group of over 5,000 who call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders ride around and try to shield the families from the protests. I've thought about a dozen different ways to rant about this, but I trust my readers intelligence and will just let it drop at that.

YouTube - Brokeback to the Future

Big decision time? Best to sleep on it

Big decision time? Best to sleep on it - More Health News - MSNBC.com
Study finds that individuals who gather information about complex decisions, then are distracted for a period of time before making the decision, tend to be more satisfied with their final decision. The theory is that the unconscious mind has a greater capacity to integrate more information. Based on this news article they are saying that leads to better decisions. However, being more satisfied does not necessarily equate with it being a better decision.

Could You Bear Listening To Karoke without Alcohol?

Vietnam Bans Alcohol in Karaoke Bars - Yahoo! News
I guarantee I couldn't perform without.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sicko Marriage Contract One For The Ages - February 17, 2006

Sicko Marriage Contract One For The Ages - February 17, 2006
Some guy actually put this on paper and expected his wife to sign it. She didn't and it's not clear why she married him. Quite a bit of detail and algebra for earning "Good Behavior Days". Unbelievable.

Deborah Putnoi

Deborah Putnoi

Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday Cocktail: Miami Beach

CocktailDB: The Internet Cocktail Database | Miami Beach Variation
There are several variations, but this seemed the best to me:

  • 1 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon or fresh lime juice

Shake in iced cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.


Welcome to the Jetsetter Lounge!

Welcome to the Jetsetter Lounge!
On my to do list.

BREITBART.COM - Artist Binds Feet in Desert, Loses Key

BREITBART.COM - Artist Binds Feet in Desert, Loses Key

An artist who chained his legs together to draw a picture of the image hopped 12 hours through the desert after realizing he lost the key and couldn't unlock the restraints

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Heather Loves Bill

Heather Loves Bill
Don't know how I haven't posted this in the past.

HousingZone.com - Lingering Myths about Generation X - 2/1/2005 - CA503868

HousingZone.com - Lingering Myths about Generation X - 2/1/2005 - CA503868
4 Myths Refuted with census data such as:
1. Generation Xers are, and always will be, outnumbered by other generations

depends on definition of when the generation starts and ends (least interesting part of article)

2. Gen X is overeducated and underemployed (a.k.a. "slackers")

We are more educated, but even adjusted for inflation, we are doing better. There is some discussion of attitudes toward work, money and stability.

3. Generation Xers will live with their parents longer

Refuted with data that shows us to be more likely to own homes at a young age than boomers were. Doesn't really speak directly to living at home though. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

4. Generation Xers favor intangibles over possessions

Weak data statistically (just not very compelling, it is accurate), but we all know we buy plenty of stuff.

1 Myth not refuted:
Gen X is cynical


Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough

Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough

A sweater coated in the material could power a cell phone or other wireless devices. A hydrogen-powered car painted with the film could potentially convert enough energy into electricity to continually recharge the car's battery.

Via Eyebeam reBlog

Friday, February 10, 2006

Friday Cocktail - Tantric Shock

A valentine's cocktail from my new local paper, the Miami Herald

Yogi Tea is available in natural foods stores and some supermarkets.


1 red apple, washed well

2 bags Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger tea

1 bag Yogi Tea Classic India Spice

1 tablespoon brown sugar


1 ounce vodka

Slice and core the apple. Place it in a pot with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add tea bags and sugar. Set aside, covered, to steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain and chill. For each cocktail, combine 2 ounces ( ¼ cup) tea and 1 ounce vodka in a chilled martini glass. Makes enough tea for 8 cocktails.



Some of you know my secret blogging wish was always to have something picked up by boingboing. Well, they finally picked up and credited me with a suggestion, and I haven't blogged in forever. Oh well, for the regulars and any newcomers who read this far, I should have home net service back up next week. The new job's going too well to blog from work as often as I used to. I plan to shoot for twice a week once I get set up at home. I will look for a Friday Cocktail this afternoon though.